• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What dramatic effects does Euripides create in this scene?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sotoodeh Yari 12B What dramatic effects does Euripides create in this scene? Dramatically the core of the play is a war of words and disagreement between the two characters: Pentheus and Dionysus. The distinguish mark of violent and narrow-minded man" Pentheus" against the smiling and ambiguous god" Dionysus". The Euripides immediately establishes from line 126 as ethical and theological basis for its play, since the speech of Teirasiases introduce this in monologue .His language almost sound as wise and well constructed, as he says: "Give a wise man an honest brief to plead and his eloquence is no remarkable achievement." That shows him being calm on surface. His speech more got a formal shape to itself. However, Euripides tries to play games with the audiences mind. In one hand the audience got the image of him being wise and formal, but in other hand he looses the hang of his speech and tries to set the scene with his utter possession of Dionysus. He says: " Join the dances of the god an ancient foolish pair perhaps, but dance we must. Nothing you have said is going to change my mind. "Which shows him, expressing his opinion, as "you will have a problem if your' not in my religion" toward Pentheus. ...read more.

Middle

Pry it up" which shows his self-ignorant of his nature. Elsewhere, We have Dionysus answering him "You don't know what you do. You don't know who you are" Pentheus hasn't got any identity. As a chorally, to the characters, Euripides uses its characters as a demonstration tool. A technique of seducing the audiences' opinion, into the benefits of age and wisdom over youth. With the mixture of dramatic tones, many points of the style and content seem to be diction. Plus using a lot of explanation marks .As we are informed by attendant, in line 435: "We have captured the quarry you set us out to catch... not empty handed either." Which simply shows, his enthusiasm and obedience towards Pentheus. But what draws reader's attention to, is Pentheus's anticipation, as he says. "Untie his hands we have him in our net." The short sentences and diction gives audience the impression of anticipation. And this is where the style of the speech changes from monologue to stichomythia and a beginning to physical actions. There are other odd aspects. As we also find the attendant in shock." Sir this stranger has come to Thebes in full of many miracles." Which leaves attendant, finding it hard to believe what is happening. At this scene's onset, Pentheus act exactly opposite to xenia. ...read more.

Conclusion

Not only that, he confronts Pentheus as "completely fearless" and "smiling". That portraits him, as a careless and intrepid god. The first image that audience can take of Dionysus in this scene, is being drunk "his ruddy cheeks were flushed as though with wine." we are informed that being drunk is one of the rules in Dionysus's tradition. Yet, it doesn't reach audience's expectation of a god to be stated as "drunk". All this has been covered in stichomythia style. Perhaps the most important element of the opening phrase in this scene is made by Pentheus;" You are attractive, stranger" Which emphasises his first compliment to Dionysus, in a twisting manner. As he then sarcastically continues "at least to women..." The highlight on using the attendant against Pentheus, establishes so early in this scene. The fear of this God "Dionysus" make him to say, "I am not to blame...he ordered your arrest". It creates an assumption of him, not taking the blame for Dionysus's capture. For both the audience and Pentheus. One of the more interesting techniques of this scene is the use of imagery. Especially of "women" the strict believers of Dionysus. Who are described as "untouched by human hands". The audience don't see them in the play but hear about them from the attendant as "They've gone, clean away..." which displays to the audience of what is happening in Dionysus's absence. The world described in the similes is more to embellish the scene. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Journey's End - What is the dramatic impact of act 3 scene 3 on ...

    However they sympathise with Stanhope because of the colossal strain that he is currently under. The audience empathises with Raleigh as he does his duty with no fuss or hesitation. It relates with the idea of heroism and innocence that is shown in Raleigh's character throughout the play.

  2. “All My Sons”: Examine the Dramatic Power of Act 3.

    She must have suspected early on that her husband's conscience was going to be severely inspected. At the end of Act 3, she attempts to protect him by trying to force Ann not to show him the letter from Larry and standing by him throughout.

  1. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    This refers back to the play when Duncan recalls when he approached the car; '...all I could hear was 'We've Only Just Begun' by the Carpenters blasting from what I later discovered to be the car stereo.' This would also symbolise the end of a life, the music suddenly stopping

  2. Audience - games/ quiz shows

    wide rang of audiences that come from different background, occupation, and different gender. This is because the program makers know that if they have different types of contestant in their shows who present different people in society will attract a lot more audiences as they can also relate themselves to the contestants on the actual show.

  1. Looking at the trial and execution of Sir Thomas More, how do Robert Bolt's ...

    It tells the audience the fate of the five main characters other than More. This is interesting as when the trial of More comes, the audience already know the fate of the characters involved, which greatly relives the tension. It may break the suspension of disbelief, but this is not

  2. 'Spiderman' and 'Ivy the Terrible'

    There are three transitions from one scene to another, here linked by the words in the top left corner of the frame in a rectangle. Both stories give us narrative signifiers which are picked up later, the spider frame is one example of this.

  1. DIGITAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

    The fact that the old man laid there dead for several days without anybody knowing about it showed that he was alone and had no family to care for him. This showed that loneliness is an important issue for elderly people.

  2. The Caretaker Discuss the variety of dramatic effects achieved in the three speeches of ...

    He tells me it's not connected. How do I know it's not connected? Here I am, I'm sleeping right with it, I wake up in the middle of the night, I'm looking right into the oven, man!...I could be lying there in bed, it might blow up, it might do me harm!"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work